Did you know that by two years of age, your child will have spent more time asleep than awake? That’s more than a year in bed! (cue sighs of envy from parents). Since babies do most of their growing and developing while they sleep, the more they get the better. And with such a long time spent snoozing, it’s vital that how babies sleep doesn’t interfere with that all-important growth and development.
Swaddling has been used for centuries to help babies settle and sleep longer and more safely. Wrapping baby creates a calming and soothing womb-like environment, and research shows this age-old technique promotes longer sleep and reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. However, it takes several months for babies’ joints to stretch out naturally after birth. Being wrapped up too tightly places them at risk of DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or ‘clicky hips’). Babies need to be able to move their legs freely and bend them in a natural ‘froglike’ or ‘M’ legs position.
That’s why the Ergobaby Swaddler is such a fantastic product. It allows the benefits of swaddling while avoiding the significant health risks of DDH, and is acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a ‘hip healthy’ product.
The Swaddler incorporates two innnovative and distinct design features – the escape-proof ‘arm pockets’ and an ergonomic patented ‘healthy hip positioner’. The ‘arm pockets’ prevent the startle reflex by wrapping baby’s arms in the hands-to-heart foetal position. The ‘healthy hip positioner’ secures baby’s hips in an ideal position for healthy development while the loose leg pouch offers space for natural leg movement and access for quick and easy nappy changes.
You’ll get the hang of wrapping baby in this Swaddler really quickly. Arms in first, wrap around, hip positioner up and then feet tuck in. It’s made from nice light fabric, so you won’t need to worry about baby overheating, especially in summer.
We love how the design allows you to easily change baby’s nappy without waking him during the night, plus it can’t ride up over his face when he’s asleep.
If you have a little Houdini on your hands, you may find baby will occasionally get an arm out but all in all, the Ergobaby Swaddler is great for keeping wriggly small people asleep for longer!
The Ergobaby Swaddler fits babies from newborn to three months (2.7 – 6.8 kg)
NZ RRP $44.95 - $49.95 Available from The Sleep Store and selected other authorised Ergobaby retailers.